Driving examiners start 48-hour strike on new test day
Driving examiners in England, Wales and Scotland are staging a 48-hour strike the day a new driving test is launched.
The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union has warned thousands of tests could be cancelled.
The union says the new test means examiners will have to work longer, harder and for no extra pay.
The chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Gareth Llewellyn, said the union was “trying to undermine” the new test.
He said it showed a “shameful disregard for both road safety and learner drivers who have worked so hard”.
The DVSA said the new test offered a more realistic assessment of driving skills.
The PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said his union had tried to negotiate: “No one takes strike action lightly and we acknowledge the disruption to the driving tests for learner drivers keen to pass their test.”
Source by BBC